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Report: Red Bryant stays in Seattle

03.13.12 at 6:19 pm ET
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According to Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network, free agent defensive tackle Red Bryant has agreed to a deal to stay with the Seahawks, the team that drafted him in the fourth round in 2008.

Bryant was considered one of the better defensive linemen in the open market, with the Patriots reported interested in the 6-foot-4, 332-pounder.

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Report: Patriots expected to re-sign special teamer Matt Slater on Tuesday

03.13.12 at 5:31 pm ET
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The Patriots are expected to re-sign special teams ace Matthew Slater some time on Tuesday, according to Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network. Slater, who made the Pro Bowl this past season, just finished up his fourth season in New England, having worked as a wide receiver, defensive back and special teamer. The 6-foot, 200-pounder, an unrestricted free agent, caught one pass for 46 yards this season, and also saw extensive time at safety.

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Pierre Garcon says he’s signing with Redskins

03.13.12 at 5:04 pm ET
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Free agent wide receiver Pierre Garcon posted on his Facebook page Tuesday that he is leaving Indianapolis to sign with the Redskins. He posted the following:

“I wanted you all to hear it from me 1st before u saw it on the news… I will be signing with the Washington Redskins and I’m very excited about the opportunity in front of me.

I want to thank all Colts fans from the bottom of my heart for all the love and support you’ve shown me the past 4 years and I hope that at some level u will still follow my career, as I will continue to share my life with you on here…”

The Mount Union Product was selected by the Colts in the sixth round of the 2008 draft. His signing in Washington will give the receiver-needy Redskins a badly needed target for anticipated second overall pick Robert Griffin III.

According to Alex Marvez of Fox Sports (via Twitter), the contract is believed to be a five-year deal worth $42.5 million, with roughly $21.5 million guaranteed.

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Report: Vincent Jackson signs with Buccaneers

03.13.12 at 5:00 pm ET
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According to Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune (via Twitter), the Buccaneers opened free agency by landing receiver Vincent Jackson, who had played his entire career with the Chargers.

Selected out of Northern Colorado in the second round of the 2006 draft, Jackson was a two-time Pro Bowl selection for the Chargers, earning the distinction in 2009 and 2011.

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Latest edition of the ‘It Is What It Is’ podcast looks at some draftees who could be possible Patriots on draft weekend

03.13.12 at 4:40 pm ET
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The latest edition of the “It Is What It Is” podcast features WEEI.com’s Christopher Price and D.J. Bean going in-depth with their thoughts on the NFL scouting combine, who impressed them and who didn’t and some guys who could be perfect Patriots when draft weekend rolls around. Click HERE to listen.

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Dolphins trade Brandon Marshall to Bears, reuniting receiver with Jay Cutler

03.13.12 at 4:19 pm ET
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According to multiple reports, the Dolphins have traded receiver Brandon Marshall to the Bears in exchange for third-round picks in the 2012 and 2013 drafts.

The trade will reunite the former Broncos receiver with former Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler. A fourth-round pick of the Broncos out of Central Florida in the 2006 draft, Marshall was traded to the Dolphins during the 2010 offseason for second-round picks in 2010 and 2011.

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A final reset of our ‘Free Agent Snapshot’ series

03.13.12 at 1:45 pm ET
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Here are the players we profiled as part of our free agent snapshot series. (We initially included cornerback Brent Grimes but have since decided to remove him after he was hit with the franchise tag.)

Defense
Safety Jim Leonhard
Cornerback Cortland Finnegan
Cornerback Brandon Carr
Defensive back Richard Marshall

Offense
Wide receiver Reggie Wayne
Offensive guard Carl Nicks
Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd
Wide receiver Mike Wallace
Wide receiver Vincent Jackson

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